sympathy
The ability to share in another person's feelings and concerns, with the accompanying delight in their joys and grief at their sorrows. Sympathy is supposed by Hume to be the basis of a more impartial concern for human well-being, and is a central plank in the ethical theory of Adam Smith.

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  • sympathy — sym‧pa‧thy [ˈsɪmpəθi] noun 1. come out in sympathy HUMAN RESOURCES if workers come out in sympathy with workers who strike (= refuse to work), they refuse to work as well: • The truck drivers are on strike, and other employees have downed tools ( …   Financial and business terms

  • Sympathy — Sym pa*thy, n.; pl. {Sympathies}. [F. sympathie, L. sympathia, Gr. ?; sy n with + ? suffering, passion, fr. ?, ?, to suffer. See {Syn }, and {Pathos}.] 1. Feeling corresponding to that which another feels; the quality of being affected by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sympathy — 1 *attraction, affinity Analogous words: reciprocality, correspondence (see corresponding adjectives at RECIPROCAL): *harmony, consonance, accord, concord Antonyms: antipathy 2 Sympathy, pity, compassion, commiseration, condolence, ruth, empathy… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Sympathy — is a social affinity in which one person stands with another person, closely understanding his or her feelings. The word derives from the Greek συμπάθεια ( sympatheia ) [ [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi… …   Wikipedia

  • sympathy — 1570s, affinity between certain things, from M.Fr. sympathie, from L.L. sympathia community of feeling, sympathy, from Gk. sympatheia, from sympathes having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings, from syn together + pathos feeling (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sympathy — ist ein Death Metal Projekt aus Kanada. Biografie Anfang der 90er Jahre gründete Dharok die Band Sympathy mit drei Freunden in Saskatchewan, Kanada. Zwei Jahre später, nach der ersten Demo Aufnahme und ein Debüt Album, verließen die drei Freunde… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sympathy — [n1] shared feeling accord, affinity, agreement, alliance, attraction, benignancy, close relation, commiseration, compassion, concord, congeniality, connection, correspondence, empathy, feelings, fellow feeling, harmony, heart, kindliness,… …   New thesaurus

  • sympathy — ► NOUN (pl. sympathies) 1) feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else s misfortune. 2) understanding between people; common feeling. 3) support for or approval of something. 4) (in sympathy) relating harmoniously to something else; in keeping.… …   English terms dictionary

  • sympathy — index affinity (regard), concordance, condonation, goodwill, humanity (humaneness), lenience, pity …   Law dictionary

  • sympathy — see empathy …   Modern English usage

  • sympathy — [sim′pə thē] n. pl. sympathies [L sympathia < Gr sympatheia < syn , together + pathos, feeling: see PATHOS] 1. sameness of feeling; affinity between persons or of one person for another 2. Now Rare agreement in qualities; harmony; accord 3 …   English World dictionary

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